If you are like me and have four fantasy hockey players on Injured Reserve and another one that is day to day, the waiver wire has been one of your biggest allies in your hockey league. In this week's edition of the waiver wire, we lead off with a pair of Chicago Blackhawks who have come to life in the past week.
Sean Couturier emerging in Philly
Dave Bolland, Center, Chicago Blackhawks - Bolland, who is only owned in eight percent of all fantasy leagues polled, had a four-goal, two-assist week. Half of those points came on the power play. The last two games have seen Bolland move into the top six; as long as he can stay in that role, he provides value and could be worth adding to your fantasy hockey team.
Victor Stalberg, Left Wing, Chicago Blackhawks - Stalberg, who is owned in 11 percent of all fantasy leagues polled, also had a four-goal week for the Blackhawks, including collecting a hattrick in a 5-2 win over Columbus Tuesday night. The left winger has goals in two straight games, and he is also collecting game winning goals, netting two game winners in the past week. If your league scores game winners, keep an eye on Stalberg and grab him if you are looking for a boost. Granted, this is a tough stats category to bank on any consistency.
Sean Couturier, Center, Philadelphia Flyers - The rookie center for the Flyers, who is currently owned in only three percent of all leagues polled, had a strong week, checking in with goals in three-straight games. At the midway point of the season, Couturier has started to develop some offensive touch, with eight goals and six assists. With more games comes more experience, so keep an eye on Couturier as we head into the second half if you are looking for scoring depth.
Colin Greening, Center/Left Wing, Ottawa Senators - Greening, another rookie, is only owned in six percent of all fantasy leagues polled. The young Senator had a strong week, with a goal and four assists, including a three assist effort on the road in Pittsburgh. If you are looking for a sleeper on a team that looks like they are starting to put it together, Greening may be your guy. He has added value for the fact that he can play center or a winger position in some leagues.
Mike Fisher, Center, Nashville Predators - Surprisingly, Fisher is only owned in nine percent of all fantasy leagues polled. Fisher had a strong week, checking in with five assists, with three of them coming on the power play. It was not long ago that Fisher was consistently scoring over 20 goals in a season. If he continues to stay hot, don't wait long to pick him up.
Jay Harrison, Defenseman, Carolina Hurricanes - One of the toughest positions to fill on a fantasy hockey roster, the defenseman that can rack up points. Harrison, who is only owned in three percent of all leagues polled, is racking up the points right now: He has four points in his last three games. If you are looking for scoring from your blue line, Harrison may be your guy.
News and Notes
Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, who has been causing all kinds of problems for fantasy owners with his concussion issues, skated close to half an hour Friday for the first time since his second stint with concussion symptoms. While it may come as welcome news to his owners, it does not appear Crosby will be returning to game action any time soon. Obviously, keep him on IR or on your bench and wait patiently.
It sounds like Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner, who has been out of the lineup with his own concussion issues, may be close to returning, and that could happen as soon as this weekend. When he does return, you have to get the dynamic young forward back in your lineup.
That will do it for this week's edition of the waiver wire! Make sure you check back Tuesday when we talk about some of the biggest surprises in fantasy hockey this year.
About Mike Corcoran
Mike Corcoran joined KFFL in 2011 as their senior fantasy hockey writer. The Tarrytown, New York, native hosts a hockey radio show on ESPN Radio in Tampa, and covers the Tampa Bay Lightning professionally.
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